Tag Archives: Margie Nichols

Sidewalk issue won’t go away

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

The fate of the much-publicized effort for a new sidewalk in West Hills along Sheffield from Wesley Road over to Vanosdale is not good for this year’s city budget as both Mayor Rogero and Vice Mayor Duane Grieve (who represents West Hills) are not supporting its inclusion in the budget.

This is a case where term limits work against the voters who no longer have a voice in the political future of Grieve or Rogero. They leave office respectively in 2017 and 2019.

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University faces challenges

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

The current legislative session is taking a lot of time for the higher ups at UT Knoxville. Legislators are genuinely unhappy with the university. Some students, faculty and administrators as well as trustees are unhappy with legislators.

Some of this is personal. Some is based on policy. Some is based on UT management being tone deaf when it comes to appreciating the role legislators play, and especially the ones from Knoxville.

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Catching up with the Rukeysers

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Two weeks ago having dinner with Joan and our daughter, Martha, at Ichiban Asian Cuisine restaurant on Northshore Drive, I saw longtime friends Bill and Elizabeth Rukeyser dining three tables away (their granddaughter is a server at Ichiban). Elizabeth Rukeyser was commissioner of mental health under Gov. Don Sundquist. The Rukeysers live on Rudder Lane in West Knox County.

Going over to their table, I learned that Elizabeth, 71, was in Nepal almost in the center of the earthquake on April 25 after having completed a nine-day trek with her daughter Lisa Burn in the Annapurna region. And what a story she had to tell. She was perhaps the only Knoxvillian to be in Pokhara when the earthquake occurred.

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